UPDATE: (2:00 PM) (EJ) – MLB Trade Rumors has it. The Yankees will acquire Granderson for Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke, pending a medical check. Full reactions later tonight.
UPDATE (12:06 pm) — From both Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, we’re hearing that the deal could still occur. Feinsand claims that the Tigers might be “caving on its price for Granderson,” and then states that the Yankees could find themselves in a position where one of their three pitchers rumored in the deal — Ian Kennedy, Michael Dunn, Phil Coke — would be downgraded. He speculates that Dunn would be the likeliest Yankee left out of the package (they would replace him with a lesser player).
11:58 am — In his latest, Buster Olney (ESPN) provides us with a quick update on the rumored three-way trade between the Tigers, Yankees, and the Diamondbacks which would send “Curtis Granderson to the Yanks, along with a prospect or two from the D’Backs. Arizona would obtain Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees. The Tigers would obtain Max Scherzer from the D’Backs and Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yanks” (h/t to MLBTR). According to Olney, the “only way the threads of this would be picked up would be if one of the teams that disagreed with the proposal does a dramatic turnaround from its stance of Monday.” Based on what we’ve heard, including a tweet today from Jon Heyman (SI), the Yankees were the team that truly rejected the proposal based on the high prospect cost, which led to the current impasse in negotiations.
But, as Joel Sherman (NY Post) noted earlier, the stalled talks are likely just a part of the acquirement process. “It seems pretty clear that [the Yankees] want Granderson,” says Sherman, “and, generally, what the Yankees want they ultimately find a way to get.” He even goes as far as to say that the reports about the trade being dead exist merely to “downplay” the situation. We should learn more about the state of the deal throughout the day, so stay tuned.
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